Lifting Beam


Airpes offers many types of lifting beam designs, some of them are: fixed beams, H beams, moveable centre of gravity beams, hydraulic powered beams, spreader beams with levelling system or motorized rotating beams. We will describe each model of the most common types of lifting beam below.

A lifting beam is one of the most useful and ideal devices if you know exactly which is the kind of load you want to handle. Airpes' lifting beams can adapt themselves to every customer's needs in terms of capacity, available accessories, hoists (and number of hoists of the crane) design and safety standards. They offer excellent results, long life span and they are a low maintenance factor rigging gear. A lifting beam designed ex professo for your company and a specific task will improve the handling of your loads.

Airpes has specialized in supplying all kind of lifting beams, from the very simple 1,5 tonnes capacity spreader beam attached for a single hook to the most complex heavy duty lifting spreader that can handle up to 490 tonnes. Every model of beam can be adapted to any kind of overhead crane, type of load, hook and be adapted to the needs of the customer. Airpes® is your handling equipment supplier focused in lifting beams.


Our solutions include not only spreader beams and adjustable lifting beams but a wide range of possibilities: check out here a complete overview of our handling equipment range. And because every customer is different, we have also deep expertise developing taylor made solutions.

What is a lifting beam?

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A lifting beam (depending on the connecting points will be a spreader beam) at it most simple design is a solid piece of metal beam designed to be attached to a crane hoist by a rigging consisting of a chain or lifting wire. It allows to lift objects whose weight is not equilibrated or objects that have a singular design that doesn’t allow to be lifted with a standard lifter. Basically lifting beams and spreader beams equilibrate the load to perfom a safe lift. The material of construction is always metal in different alloys.

Different kinds of beams for material handling

There are different lifting beams designs and each one has different uses and advantages. In Airpes we design many types of custom lifting beams and we study every single part of the structure: sling, hoist, shape… Let’s check the designs out.

Lifting beams


A lifting beam has the simpliest and most standard design: is a slab of metal with a single bail in the center, from where the slings and hoists of the cranes will be hanging the beam with its load. Usually the attaching point will be in the center but we can design the lifting beam to become adjustable so the operators can move the center of gravity of the beam. The beam can be used for lifting objects or hanging lifting devices from it (electromagnets, slab tongs…).


  • Can work in low headroom spaces


  • Bending forces act vertically so it offers less resistance
  • For the previous reason lifting beams have to be built using more material

Spreader beams

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A spreader beam in the other hand has two bails, one on each side of the beam, attached to the hoist or hook of the crane. Thanks to this design with more than a sling the spreader beam transforms the bending forces you have on a lifting beam in compresssion forces along the bar. A spreader beam is more stable than a lifting beam and if the space has enough headroom it is always recommended to install a spreader beam. As well we can make a design of adjustable spreader beam like the one you see on the picture above.


  • Allows to lift heavier loads with a smaller bar


  • It needs space for the rigging (with a chain, wire rope or slings) so it can’t be installed in low headroom spaces

H Lifting beams

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The H lifting beam is designed for many uses. The H lifting beams offer more stabilization and distribution of the loads along the object. As well H lifting beams work really well with loads that have a extreme lenght/width ratio. H lifting beams for example are perfect for the lift of an industrial basket (in siderurgical industry). The rigging of the H lifting beam can be designed in different ways according to customer needs.


  • Distributes the forces in 4 support points, offering more stability.


  • It is more complex to design compared to the other types of beams.

Still not sure about what kind of lifting beam you need? Contact us and discover the most outstanding products, the best customer service and the most competitive prices.

All the airpes® products fulfill the most demanding regulations of security and quality of the European Union, also having the processes of design, manufacture and marketing certified in UNEEN ISO 9001: 2000 by the prestigious German organization TÜV.


Airpes offers all type of lifting beams with many options in the design, like:

  • Fixed lifting beams
  • Adjustable lifting beams
  • Spreader beams
  • H lifting beams
  • Moveable centre of gravity lifting beams
  • Hydraulic powered lifting beams
  • Lifting beams with levelling system
  • Motorized rotating lifting beams.

Automatic control and working systems can be installed in all the cranes for offering you more tools and resources when operating your lifting beam.


Airpes manufactures special lifting beams for all kind of different applications and services sectors like:

  • Renewable energy sources
    • Wind turbines
    • Nacelle’s
    • Eolic rotors
    • Wind mill blades
  • Steel mills
  • Paper mills
  • Aeronautics and aviation sectors
  • Aerospatial industry
  • Solar energy industry (thermo solar plants)

We will help and support you with any kind of different beams for any industrial application.

Related lifting systems

If you are checking our lifting beam you may find interesting these other products, that are similar or complementary to a lifting beam or spreader beam: